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Marines, sailors work on house

Marines and sailors helped build a house for Kitsap Habitat for Humanity recently. - Contributed Photo
Marines and sailors helped build a house for Kitsap Habitat for Humanity recently.
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Twelve Marines and sailors from Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County on Aug. 8 to build a new home for a local family.

The volunteers tried their hands at installing sub flooring, framing walls, and installing an energy-efficient radiant heating system in the floors.

Not only did volunteers exhibit outstanding teamwork, they also demonstrated the value of providing service for others.

For Master at Arms Seaman Candace Cooper, one of the battalion’s newest sailors, working with Habitat for Humanity was a brand new experience.

“I enjoyed volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, where I leaned about the basic construction of a family home,” she said. “It was a real pleasure to know that the work we did yesterday will help to make a family’s life better for years to come.”

The volunteers walked away with a sense of pride by putting in a hard day’s work for someone they had never even met.

Lance Corporal Kyle Rustin said of his experience: “I appreciated the opportunity that was given to me to give back to the community through Habitat for Humanity. We were able to build a house for a less fortunate family.”

Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor, is committed to serving the local and national community, both on and off-duty.

The event was organized by the Battalion Religious Ministries Team.

“As Marines and sailors, we have sworn ourselves to a life of service,” said Lieutenant Drew Jones, the Battalion Chaplain.” Every day on the job our people devote themselves to our nation’s security. Our time spent partnering with our neighbors through Kitsap County Habitat for Humanity is a natural expression of that same sacred promise to serve. It’s a privilege to watch these young Marines and sailors in action.”

 

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